Microneurosurgery is the use of high-powered magnification to see some of the tiniest and most delicate structures in the body as a surgeon operates on the skull base, spine, and brain. This magnification allows surgeons to navigate very precisely, allowing them to remove diseased or damaged tissue without affecting nearby healthy tissue such as bone, nerves, and blood vessels.
Microneurosurgery may be part of another surgical technique with specially designed instruments such as endoscopic neurosurgery or robot-assisted neurosurgery.
Neurosurgeons use microneurosurgery to treat:
- Hydrocephalus, a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up and creates harmful pressure on the brain
- Neurovascular conditions, including arteriovenous malformations (abnormal blood vessels) in the brain or spine, aneurysms, and hemorrhagic stroke (from a bleeding blood vessel)
- Cranial nerve damage or disorders such as Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Herniated and compressed spinal discs, which can put severe pressure on spinal cord nerve roots
- Spinal nerve abnormalities and damage such as spinal cord injury
- Brain tumors, including those in difficult-to-access locations such as the base of the skull (skull base tumors)
If you’re experiencing complications from one of these conditions or your doctor believes you’re a candidate for microneurosurgery in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican can give you the quality care you deserve. Find a neurosurgeon associated with St. Rose to learn more.
Your Microneurosurgery Procedure
Microneurosurgical procedures are painless and generally take place in a hospital. You may receive general anesthesia to keep you asleep during the surgery. However, some microneurosurgeries require patient participation to assist the neurosurgeon in localizing the precise treatment area. In such instances, only local or regional anesthesia and minimal sedation are given. Depending on the type of procedure, you may need to stay in the hospital for one or more nights. Your neurosurgeon will discuss these details with you well in advance of surgery.
Your neurosurgeon and care team at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals also will explain how you can plan for surgery and what type of care you will need afterward to help you recover at home.
Microneurosurgery Recovery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
Your recovery depends on your initial condition, the specific procedure, and any additional care you may need, such as neurorehabilitation or physical therapy. For instance, it may take longer for you to recover from cranial microneurosurgery for a brain tumor than microneurosurgery for herniated disc repair. To help you feel at ease, the neurosurgical care team will give you written instructions to follow after you go home, including when to call for follow-up care and appointments.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals provides complete and personalized care for microneurosurgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.